Lenovo has announced their newest Android tablet, a 10.1 inch YOGA tab with some pretty high-end specs. The YOGA Tablet 10 HD+ sports a 1080p screen, a powerful Snapdragon CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and a pretty large 9,000 mAh battery, and like the other YOGA tabs you get the handy little kickstand that lets you stand the device up in a variety of ways for reading or watching movies. It comes out of the box with Android 4.3, but Lenovo is planning an update to 4.4 later on. You’ll also get an 8 megapixel rear camera, a 1.6 megapixel front camera, up to 32 GB of internal storage and a micro SD card slot. It’s not going to compete at the extreme high end of the market, but at the right price, this tablet could do very well in the midrange market. » Read the rest
There’s a handy new app in the Play Store that does you the favor of backing up tons of your important information automatically, just in case something bad happens to the app you’re typing in before you can back it up yourself. Type Machine acts as a service that automatically records all of the text from whatever app you’re using, functioning as a pretty powerful “time machine” in case your app crashes or you just want a history of what you’ve typed in case you change your mind, like in an extremely long email. » Read the rest
ASUS showed off their Transformer Book Duet TD300, a convertible tablet with a long name that ran both Windows 8 and Android 4.2.2, at CES just last month. The tablet looked pretty cool, giving you the best of both Android and a more traditional Windows operating system, and it could switch between the two on the fly. Unfortunately, it’s looking like the TD300 won’t ever make it past the design phase.
According to a Chinese publication, ASUS has cancelled the TD300, citing resistance from Google. It was originally slated to be released in the second quarter of this year to US markets, but apparently there was something about it that Google really, really didn’t like. ASUS didn’t comment on exactly what that reasoning was. » Read the rest
Google’s latest attempt at giving you free WiFi is coming in the form of Starbucks’ WiFi hotspots. Starbucks currently uses AT&T’s wireless service to give customers internet access, but Google is internally considering moving to put their own high-speed access into the 7000 Starbucks stores across the US. Google also wants to shorten up the tedious process of finding a hotspot, opening a browser, and accepting terms and conditions before finally being able to actually use the internet.
To accomplish this, Google is testing out an app that cuts that process down. The app would handle all of the encryption and authentication of a Google hotspot, so just by having it installed on your Android or iOS device, you could automatically connect to wireless internet whenever you were in range. » Read the rest
HTC’s One successor has been leaking like crazy these past few days, and now we’re seeing certification from the FCC, one of the last pieces of the puzzle. The M8 has gone through the FCC approval process, and the design of the phone was in clear view. It matches up with the slick rounded corners that we’ve been seeing on all of the other leaks from the device.
This particular model supports AT&T bands, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and WiFi, so there’s nothing particularly interesting in the specs. You should expect to see other carrier models get approved in the coming weeks leading up to HTC’s official announcement.
Samsung will very likely show off a bendable tablet design at MWC this year, but don’t expect to see it out in the open. The Korean media says Samsung has a prototype ready to show off this year, but only to a select group of people behind closed doors. The tablet will reportedly be able to bend at a 90 degree angle to function similarly to a laptop, as seen in the figure above.
There’s a lot we don’t know about this device, especially since there haven’t really been any leaks from Samsung about it. We do know that Samsung is in a race with LG to put flexible screens on any and every device, though, so a bendable tablet makes perfect sense. Hopefully after MWC blows over we’ll hear a bit about this device.
HTC said they wanted to get the EVO 4G LTE on Sprint updated to Android 4.3 by mid-February, and they’ve hit that goal. HTC’s VP Martin Fichter posted a link on his Twitter feed to the RUU for Android 4.3 for the EVO 4G LTE.
HTC RUU’s are update utilities that let users manually update a device to a certain software version. In this case, the RUU updates the EVO to Android 4.3, with one catch; it has to wipe your phone to install.
Apparently, HTC wanted to push an OTA update to the device, but due to memory restrictions on the EVO, they had to go with an RUU, evidenced by the mandatory storage wipe. Still, that’s a small price to pay for getting Android 4.3 and Sense 5. If you want to manually update your device, grab the download link below, connect your phone to your computer through USB, then start the EXE and follow the instructions. Be sure you’ve got everything backed up before you proceed, too. » Read the rest
Asus has officially announced the PadFone Infinity Lite, featuring a Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and a 1080p 5-inch screen. It’s basically the PadFone Infinity with a slightly slower processor and a cheaper price price tag. Since it’s a PadFone, you do still get the option of docking the phone into the larger tablet dock that features a 10 inch 1080p screen, plus an extra 5,000 mAh battery.
Asus expects to release this device in March for roughly $463, and they’re offering the tablet dock for $230. It’ll initially be available in Taiwan, with no word on an international release.
There’s no denying that Asus likes their docking smartphone design, and I personally think it’s pretty cool in concept, but I’m not sure releasing barely-different models of the same device at multiple price points is the best way to gain market share.
source: Phone Arena
With KitKat, Google introduced host card emulation (HCE) as a means to get around needing access to a secure element, which would allow Google Wallet and other potential mobile payment options to work on devices running Android 4.4, regardless of what US carriers wanted. So far, Google Wallet has been the only app to take advantage of this, but today both Visa and MasterCard have announced support for NFC payments with Google’s newly introduced methods. » Read the rest
One of the biggest features we’re expecting Samsung to adopt in the Galaxy S5 is the fingerprint scanner. Everyone is pretty much expecting it’s going to happen, and we’ve even gotten some insight on what it’s going to be able to do, but the latest rumors point towards the S5 trying to do something that many companies have failed at; a mobile payment system.
Apparently, Samsung and PayPal are working together closely to try and create some type of wallet system that will become a standard for consumers and retail stores. Samsung already has a wallet app developed, although it’s limited by country availability (much like Google Wallet) so Samsung already has some of the foundation ready. Adding in a fingerprint scanner for security and PayPal for the heavy lifting on the money handling side of things could really be what Samsung needs to make something like this happen. » Read the rest